NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The genius behind a New Orleans high school student and his paint brush has granted him admission and a scholarship to Yale University.
Leonard Galmon, 18, was born when his mother was only 13 years old. His dad, a drug dealer, was murdered. As a child, Galmon loved art, and he was encouraged by his mother to draw, in hopes of keeping him off the streets and away from drugs and violence.
He grew up in a high-crime, low-income neighborhood. His artwork reflects a personal perspective in what he hopes for other young men like him.
"In this city most of the homicides and shootings, stuff like that are because of young African American males," said Galmon, "so, I just wanted to do a piece that was sort of turning your back on that."
Teachers recognized Galmon's skill and talent, and they pushed him to apply for college. He was accepted into Yale University and earned a prestigious scholarship to help with tuition funds.
Galmon says leaving the "Big Easy" to attend an Ivy League school is a chance of a lifetime, but he knows the work won't be easy at all. Still, he is ready for the challenge.
"I still have to actually go to school and excel so it's going to be difficult. It's Yale University," said Galmon.